February Speaker - Dennis Olivas
SCOS Members Updates
Board of Directors
Board Meeting Highlights
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
Tuesday, February 12th - Doors open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Miltoniopsis species and hybrids by Dennis Olivas. The presentation will include live demonstrations, questions and answers, and a PowerPoint presentation.
Dennis Olivas was born on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. As a lad, he helped his mom and aunt grow their orchids and got hooked. He joined the Future Farmers of America, and his project was raising and selling these beautiful and exotic plants. In 1980 he moved to the mainland and swore off the orchid family; but not for long as he went to Rod McLellan’s Acres of Orchids’ in South San Francisco. From there his whole life became one downward spiral. First he fills his home with upwards of 6,000 plants. Later he leased a greenhouse space for his ever-burgeoning orchid collection. Glutton for punishment, his collection grew, overflowing the 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse in Half Moon Bay.
With the help of his close friends from the Bay Area, Napa and Fresno, they moved his obsession to a greenhouse in Daly City in November of 2013. A whole new ball game of learning how to raise orchids, still without heat but in an area that gets more sun and higher temperatures, good water year-round.
Dennis was President for the Peninsula Orchid Society, San Francisco Orchid Society, Diablo View Orchid Society and the Santa Cruz Orchid Society. He is an accredited judge of the American Orchid Society. Dennis belongs to over 14 orchid societies and tries to assist them whenever possible.
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I hope you all are doing well and looking forward to our show on
March 30 & 31, the Educational Orchid Exposition and Sale! This is a chance for the SCOS to shine, to have fun, and to welcome the community into our world of orchids. The Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale allows our displays, classes (longer than your average skill session), Orchid Doctor, Docent Tours and vendors to educate the public and introduce them to growing, exploring, reading about, admiring and loving orchids. See pages 3-5 for more information about the show.
As always, we need your help. If you usually don’t volunteer, here is your chance to find out how much fun it actually is. I have a confession…even our board meetings are fun. We get the work done, but I’ve got to thank a great group of people who have a sense of humor; who put effort into being reasonable and understanding; and who bring really good snacks. Now we need people to volunteer by signing up for a position or two. If you don’t know anything about orchid shows, or don’t know what’s expected for a position, please ask! We’ve added descriptions of each job to the signup sheets. Many members have done this a few times, and are willing to guide you to an enjoyable experience.
We are in desperate need of people to help with publicity, and everyone can get involved. From taking a handful of post cards and giving them to friends, or posting them at local stores, contacting your local garden club, senior centers, schools, community bulletin boards...please help us get the word out. Tape them to inside of your car windows. Look for our posts on social media and please share them! Or if there is some other way you can assist, please let me know.
I want to thank Mary Gerritsen for her talk on growing orchids outdoors in the Bay Area. I enjoyed the emphasis on microclimates and specific conditions that would protect orchid plants from damaging frost/winds. Her knowledge of different species that tolerate different microclimates was very interesting! Also, a specific grower she mentioned will be a vendor at our show if you want to buy some of the plants she discussed. A reminder that Earl Rathbun has her book, “A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and their Culture” for sale as a fundraiser for the Society. Big hugs Mary, and thanks again!
show page Educational orchid Expo & Sale
Our Sonoma County Orchid Society's Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale is just around the corner on March 30-31! It is an exciting time of the year! It's always fun and rewarding to pitch in and help with getting it set up and "come to life" ! It is a group effort, and it takes every member of our Society to make it work. Many jobs have already been filled (see our Show Chair list). However, we still have several chair positions available. Working together develops camaraderie and it is FUN to work with someone toward a common goal. All of the unfilled jobs have mentors who will work with you for smooth sailing.
Volunteers are needed to fill these show leader positions. Please email Alison at email@example.com if you can perform one (or more) of these duties.
Promotional Material Distribution
Signage (interior and exterior)
The following positions have been filled:
Admissions & Tickets Ann Conger
Facility Coordinator Karen Wofford
Fire Permit & Floor Plan Linda Eggleston
Judges Lunch Josie Lee
Judging & Clerking Coordinator Judy Carney and Becky Jackson
Membership Gerry & Jerry Smtih
Pasta Party Jeanne VanBlarcom
Plant Doctor & Postcard Printing/Mailing Susan Anderson
Plant Entry for Judging Kris Foster
Plant Hotel Sue Hayes
Promotional Material Production Alison Bies
Security Ann Shippey
Setup & Takedown Becky & David Jackson
Silent Auction Amber Powner
SCOS Boutique Billie MacCarthy
Social Media Campaign Amber Powner
Society Display Artstart and Francesca Perez
Society Plant Sales Earl and Kathy Rathbun
Trophies Josie Lee
Vendor Coordinator Gary Cockriell
Volunteer Center Ann Possinger and Gary Cockriell
Volunteer Coordinator Ann Possinger
These are the volunteer positions. Contact Ann Possinger at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or sign up at our February meeting or call 538-4101.
Greeter/Security – no knowledge of orchids is required.
Front Door: Greet and welcome visitors. Make sure their hands are stamped. No one can exit through this door with plants – they must use side doors. Side Doors: Thank visitors for coming. Handout business cards. Make sure each plant has a dot on it which indicates it has been purchased. Don’t let people in thru these doors except for people coming back from a skill sessions or vendors with badges. Division between sales area and SCOS display: No plants are allowed to go forward from sales area into display area – no exceptions.
Plant Hotel – no knowledge of orchids is required.
This is both a standing and seated position. Must be able to lift a 15 pound cymbidium from floor to table. You will be accepting plants from visitors, making sure a ticket with visitor’s info is attached to plant, claim ticket given to visitor, plant stored in a box. When visitor returns, pull plants and box. You must check tickets to be sure people get their own plants and not those of others.
Society Boutique - You will be selling plants and/or plant related items. You will fill out sales receipt, figure up amount due including tax, accept payment , package items. Keep boutique neat throughout the shift. Sitting and standing.
Admissions – no knowledge of orchids is required. Take money/credit card payments, stamp hands, hand out raffle tickets. This is a highly people-oriented position. Be polite, pleasant and welcome visitors. This is a seated position. You should be able to act quickly during a rush. At least one person/shift needs to have a smart phone to take PayPal payments (you will be trained).
Volunteer Center - no knowledge of orchids is required. Welcome volunteers. Some volunteers may not be Society members and unsure about where to go. Make sure volunteers sign in, get their name badge, and give apron if wanted. Make coffee, put out food for volunteers. Keep the volunteer center neat and clean. Mostly sitting.
Society Plant Sales - Knowledge of orchids is required. Help visitors with purchasing member plants for sale. Write up sales tag but you don’t have to accept payments.
Setup - Put fabric skirting and plastic backing on vendor tables and others as instructed. Help with display seutp if needed.
Takedown – Remove skirting from tables and store in box. Remove plastic sheeting and throw away. Remove back pieces from vendor booths. Disassemble display and remove plants. Pick up area. Help vendors, if needed, load their trucks. Sweep any debris left on floor. We don’t need to move chairs and tables.
Clerking for Judges - This includes ribbon judging alongside AOS judges. This involves some work Friday night 6:30-7:30 pm and then Saturday morning during judging.
Next show meeting is 2/25 at 7 pm at home of Ann Shippey, 2643 Spring Oaks Dr., Santa Rosa , 364-5627 cell.
Volunteers need food to keep them energized, so feel free to bring snacks into the volunteer center to be enjoyed by all volunteers.
Items for Society Boutique: Bring non-orchids and garden related items for sale at the Society Boutique on Friday. All items need to be priced and listed on inventory sheet. Forms are available from the website.
Help new members learn your name (or us folks who just have a hard time remembering!) Please wear your name badge or stop by the membership table to make a paper name tag.
The $25 Membership Dues are Renewed Each July
We accept cash, check or credit card at the general meeting. Just stop by the membership table and Billie MacCarthy will be glad to assist. Forgot cash or your checkbook? No worries... simply renew online using a credit card or PayPal. Visit the ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL page on our website. It's quick, easy and secure!
We have the following open position. Contact any board member if you are interested.
Director of Ways and Means -
- Oversees the running of the Opportunity Table and any sales at meetings.
- Oversees all money-making activities of the Society & may appoint committees to run such activities (i.e., BBQ & Auction, participation in orchid shows & festivals).
- Presents to the Board ideas for participation in money-making events.
- Makes efforts to procure donations/sponsorship for the benefit of the Society.
Have an announcement? Personal story regarding your trials and tribulations growing orchids? Send it to us before the 23rd of the month and we will add it to the newsletter as space allows. Newsletter@SonomaOrchids.com
Want to WIN a free raffle ticket? Bring a refreshment to share! Let the folks at the opportunity table know when you bring a refreshment to receive a raffle ticket for a special drawing. Winner gets first choice from the opportunity table as a Thank You.
Refreshments are based on the first letter of your last name so check the calendar below for the monthly meeting that corresponds with your last name.
Please consider bringing a snack even when "it is not your turn". The more goodies, the better! PLUS you still receive a free raffle ticket and who doesn't want that!
2019 Refreshment Calendar
T - Z
A - B
C - De
Di - Fo
Fr - H
J - Le
Li - M
N - R
SCOS Member's page
AOS Corner, February 2019
It is Spring SHOW Time! Here are several upcoming Bay Area orchid shows, with opportunities for AOS judging, and of course for buying more beauties to enhance your collection:
- Ongoing until February 24 – Filoli Estate, Woodside CA : “Orchids Grand and Glorious”: Orchid displays, flower arrangements, and Orchid photography in the historic House, with live Orchids provided by San Francisco Orchid Society, Peninsula Orchid Society, Santa Clara Valley and Golden Gate Cymbidium Growers. AOS Judging Sat 2/9 and 3/9, 9:00am. filoli.org
- POE February 22 -24 (Gala Feb 21, evening) - San Francisco Orchid Society’s Pacific Orchid Expo, SF County Fair Building “Hall of Flowers”, Golden Gate Park. AOS judging Thursday 2/21. orchidsanfrancisco.org.
- March 1 -2 - Central California Orchid Society Spring Show, Fresno Fairgrounds, in conjunction with the Fresno Home & Garden Show. AOS Judging March 2. centralcaliforniaorchidsociety.com
- March 15 -17 - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, Earl Warren Showgrounds. AOS Judging
Thursday 3/14. sborchidshow.com
- March 29 -31 – San Joaquin Orchid Society “Orchid Fest”, Sherwood Mall, Stockton. AOS Judging 3/29. sanjoaquinorchidsociety.org
- March 30 - 31 - Sonoma County Orchid Society "Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale"
Be sure to check the show websites for more info, including the cutoff date and time for submitting orchids for judging.
Also, the AOS Spring 2019 Members' Meeting is just around the corner, March 20–24, in conjunction with the San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show in beautiful San Diego including AOS and CSA judging. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, you won’t regret adding a few days onto your trip to enjoy this laid back oceanside destination. The San Diego area is also home to several of our great commercial orchidists, some of whom welcome visitors. The Schedule of Events isn’t listed on the AOS website just yet, but the link for hotel reservations is. Regular room rate is $177 but the AOS rate of $139 is available March 16-28; to get the $139 event rate you’ll need to book by February 18th. Meeting activities will be held at the Hilton Mission Valley and the Show will be at the Scottish Rites Center. Book your room now: http://www.aos.org/news-and-events/members-meetings/accommodations.aspx.
Your support of the American Orchid Society is important and appreciated. Don’t forget to renew annually, to keep enjoying your Orchids magazine and other benefits of AOS membership.
Wishing everyone peace, joy and orchids in the New Year!
By Lynne Murrell
Cultural Techniques for Growing Cymbidiums
Wednesday, February 13th @ 5:30–6:30 pm PST
Members Only – Registration Page
Please join George Hatfield of Hatfield Orchids, premier hybridizer and grower of Cymbidiums. He will share tips on getting them to flower with lots of flowers and cultural techniques for growing award-winning Cymbidiums!
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, February 26th @ 5:30-6:30 pm PST
Please join Dr. Ron McHatton, AOS Chief Science Officer, as he answers your questions about all things orchid. He will discuss a variety of topics on orchid culture based on questions submitted by attendees. Please send your questions & pictures to Sandra Svoboda at email@example.com by Sunday, February 24th. Remember to include pictures.
Everyone Welcome - Register Now
Cymbidium Whitney Houston 'I Will Always Love You' HCC/AOS; Photographer: Larry Vierheilig
WHAT ARE WEBINARS? Webinars are an internet conference where you can hear the speaker and view his presentation, ask questions, and hear interactions from other members of the audience. You can join either on your computer or by phone. You can join from anywhere, via your Mac, PC or even your mobile device. Audio is included, so attendees can phone in or use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). You will need a microphone for your computer to use VoIP.
It’s easy to find the scheduled webinars and to register on the AOS website www.aos.org. You’ll find the link under the All About Orchids tab.
WANT TO LEARN, BUT CAN’T MAKE THE DATE? The live webinars will be recorded and posted on the AOS website, where you will find a link allowing you to view the webinars at your convenience.
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
January 6 - February 24 - Filoli Estate & Gardens. During Filoli’s 2019 winter season, the historic mansion and greenhouse will feature orchids in lush living arrangements and displays of live plants. To complement the horticultural displays, Filoli will also host an exhibition in the Visitor Center gallery that will capture a larger-than-life view of the Orchidaceae family through Orchids: Glorious and Grand.
86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA , www.Filoli.org
February 8-10 - Newport Harbor Orchid Expo and Sale "Orchid Mania", Westminster Mall, 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA
Feb 9 - Diablo View Orchid Society "Valentine's Orchid Show"
at the First Lutheran Church, 4000 Concord Blvd., Concord, CA
February 21-24 - Pacific Orchid Expo "Orchids of the Enchanted Forest" County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
March 1-3 - Central California Orchid Society Spring Show, Fresno Home & Garden Show, Fresno Fair Grounds, 1121 S. Chance Ave., Fresno
March 2-3 - Santa Cruz Orchid Society Show, location TBA
March 15-17 - Santa Barbara International Orchid Show,*
Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara https://sborchidshow.com/
March 22-24 - San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show "Orchid Treasures" at the Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South,
San Diego, CA
March 30-31 - Sonoma County Orchid Society's Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
* A bus trip to the Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show from Sacramento is being arranged by Mylane Hastings. Contact Mylane to answer questions at 916-835-5955 or e-mail at Scdworldtravel@aol.com.
Open greenhouses are a great way for members to see how other members grow their orchids and to get to know fellow members. If you are willing to have an open greenhouse at your home, please contact June Maiden at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is hoping to find members to host for the months of March, May, June, July and November.
Jan 6 - Feb 24 - orchids at Filoli Estate & Gardens
Feb 8-10 - Newport Harbor Orchid Expo & Sale
Feb 9 - Diablo View "Valentine's Orchid Show"
Feb 22-24 - Pacific Orchid Exposition, San Francisco
March 1-3 - Central CA Orchid Society Spring Show
March 2-3 - Santa Cruz Orchid Socieity Show
March 15-17 -Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show
March 22-24 - San Diego Orchid Society Spring Show
Mar 30-31 - SCOS Educational Orchid Exposition & Sale
Watering and fertilizing will be at a minimum, as will potting. Be on the lookout for senescing sheaths on your winter-into-spring bloomers. Careful removal of the dying sheaths will still allow buds to develop without the danger of condensation-induced rot. Low light will lead to weak spikes, so, and as noted above, staking is critical. If you have a chance to get out to nurseries, there may still be a chance to acquire good plants in sheath for spring bloom. Getting them now not only ensures that you'll have them, but allows them to acclimate to your conditions and bloom at their best.
We are well into the flowering season now. Outdoor growers should be cautious of freezing temperatures. Damage starts to occur below 30 F. Be diligent about tying the inflorescences for best arrangement of the flowers. Also watch closely for slugs and snails. If weather is quite wet, protect the plants from the rain and this will help to reduce the risk of botrytis spotting.
The most glorious of all orchids, Lycaste, will be moving toward their flowering season. Make sure the palm-like leaves do not interfere with the emerging inflorescences. Tying them loosely together often is helpful. Some growers cut the leaves off at the pseudobulb, but this removes part of the attractiveness of this elegant orchid. Resist picking up the plant to inspect those beautiful buds and then setting it down in all different directions as the flower buds will be forced to re-orient themselves to the light source each time and will not open as nicely as they should. Keep plants a little drier during the shorter days.
monthly checklist JAN & FEB
Cattleya trianae 'Mary Fennel' HCC/AOS is a good example of this winter-blooming species.
Odontoglossums and their intergeneric hybrids offer a great splash of color now. Though once thought of as being difficult to grow and requiring cool temperatures due to the emphasis on odontoglossum breeding, the new intergeneric hybrids made using Oncidium and Brassia, for example, are just the opposite. These plants are quite content in more intermediate conditions. New growths generally emerge in the spring, later forming beautiful plump pseudobulbs. Look for the flower spikes to emerge from the inner sheath of the pseudobulb. If your plant's pseudobulbs are shriveled, then the plants have been kept too dry or too wet. Inspect the roots to determine which condition prevailed. If the lead pseudobulb is large, plump and green (and back bulbs are shriveled) but no flower spike is evident, the plants may have been kept too dry.
The standard Paphiopedilum insigne-derived hybrids, which are called "bull dogs" and "toads," are at their peak. Unlike most other orchids, they can even be potted while in bud. There really is no wrong time to pot a paphiopedilum, and no other orchid responds so favorably to fresh mix and a cleanup. Keep an eye on watering until roots begin to grow.
Now is the peak of spike development, with the first plants in full flower. Staking and plant preparation is a must for those all-important spring shows. Correct staking now will give a better display and also make it much easier to transport to your society meetings and shows. Care with watering is vital to avoid mechanical damage to the flowers, as well as rot-related problems. Keep spent blooms cleaned up to avoid botrytis inoculation. Do not repot this month. Now you'll be seeing lots of phalaenopsis at orchid shows and sales.
For the most part, the flowering season will have ended for this group, providing the grower a chance to do some repotting. The plants will then have a chance to become well established before the hotter months of summer arrive. Most growers use bark mixes, but some exceptional results have been seen lately using rock-wool blends. You may want to try this mix, but do not change your whole collection over to this new media until you are sure it is right for you. First, experiment with a few plants to see how they respond.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
monthly checklist Jan & Feb
In the fall Phalaenopsis should start initiating flower spikes. Infloresences should be well developed by mid-January.
2018-2019 SCOS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies - email@example.com
Vice President June Maiden - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Ann Conger - email@example.com
Treasurer Karen Wofford - firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Billie MacCarthy - email@example.com
Ways & Means vacant - If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Communications Susan Anderson - email@example.com
Director of Meetings Ann Shippey & Haili Marshall -
AOS Representative Lynne Murrell - AOSrep@sonomaorchids.com
Newsletter Editor Ann Possinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Past President Jeanne VanBlarcom - email@example.com
Link to Show & Tell photos from January meeting -
Broughtonia sanguinea 'Cherry Bates' - Earl Rathbun
Potinara Beaufort Gold 'Susan Fender'
SCOS 1/15/19 Board Meeting Highlights
In Attendance: Alison Bies-President, June Maiden-Vice President, Ann Conger-Secretary,
Karen Wofford-Treasurer, Billie MacCarthy-Membership, Jeanne VanBlarcom-Past
President, Susan Anderson-Communications.
Vice President: Mary Gerritsen's presentation "Growing Orchids Outdoors in the San Francisco Bay Area" was well received. Dennis Olivas will speak about Miltoniopsis in February. Bill Bloy will speak in March about his trip to Rio Negro. He prefers that his fee be sent to Orchid Conservation Alliance. June asked that a notice be put in the newsletter asking for volunteers to host open greenhouses and to present skill sessions.
Treasurer: Karen reported the savings account balance $19,015.49 and checking
balance $5,397.23 as of 1/15/19.
Membership: Billie reported 94 paid members.
Communications Director: Susan reported that Robyn has been updating the website.
Spring Show: Alison mentioned adding educational information in the show display. Susan has created new signup sheets which include brief descriptions of the jobs. Karen will make sure that the oven in the small kitchen will be working for the pasta party. Jeanne will take the banners in to have the dates changed. Susan will order the postcards soon. The next show planning meeting will be held on January 28th, at 7:00, at Ann Shippey's home.
Library: Helen Orgill and Larry Mead will share the position.
Budget: There was some discussion and clarification about some budget line items.
Bark: It was determined that the society didn't make enough money with the previous
bark sale, considering the amount of work expended by some members. If it is decided
to order and sell bark in the future, the price will need to reflect the work involved.
Repotting party: A venue is needed and the board will be investigating options.
The next board meeting will be February 19th, at 7:00 pm, at the Artstart building at
716 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.
Respectfully submitted, Ann Conger
Corks - Some members are using corks in bottoms of pots or even as planting medium. Feel free to save your corks and bring them to meetings for anyone who wants them.
Bennett Valley Gardens, 2780 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA does repotting including orchids for $15/pot.
GARDEN ART SUNCATCHERS:
Dazzling, colorful glass and porcelain flowers make a great addition to any garden, if not for yourself, as a one-of-a-kind gift, (made from re-purposed plates). To see pictures of individual pieces, contact Billie MacCarthy at any SCOS meeting, Email or call 707.303.6867